Awaken to Your True Self

The road toward self discovery can take a lifetime, or it may be as easy as opening your eyes. As with so much in life, perception is the key. As a creative and powerful being, you are the embodiment of the Divine. You are a child of God. It is our self-imposed misperception of who we are which blocks such awareness. The awakened state of consciousness is achieved through gentle reconditioning of the mind. We must release the limiting notion of "other" that we have been taught for so many years to realize this inherent connection to our true nature.

By viewing oneself as whole and complete, one does not need to search for an external validating source for access to the feelings associated with being whole and complete. If someone has true self love, they don’t search for someone else to grant them permission to feel loved. Instead, love yourself so much that love becomes an outward expression and you start to love others. In loving others with authenticity, you are Love, and you are loved. This cannot happen until you love who you are at every given moment first.

The journey to awaken your truth lies in the acceptance of who you are. You are whole, perfect, and complete. You are a child of the Divine. By releasing thoughts that are not life affirming, thoughts that constrict, and thoughts of lack or limitation, the mind becomes open to new experiences and blessings. The new mind is expansive and can perceive widened possibilities as within reach. The new mind does not self-sabotage but instead affirms the truth and beauty of your being.

Join us this month as we further awaken in our truths. Zen Casa is a community supporting each other's incredible narratives along our collective journey. This holiday season, remember that your moment of Zen is just one breath away, and there's no place like Om. 

Happy Holidays from our casa to yours,

Francisco & Christopher

Why We Set Intentions

There are many organic opportunities throughout the year to reflect upon the delicate passage of time.  The cool breeze of Autumn signifies the end of summer and the need to prepare for the winter ahead. This is a period of expanding gratitude while acknowledging the coming transition. Similarly to the physical preparations made for the change of seasons, there must also be focused preparations made for the conscious mind.

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The conscious mind is always active. As creative beings, we understand that our thoughts create our reality. If the thoughts are of enjoyment, abundance, and love, then reality reflects this state of mind.  If the thoughts are chaotic, filled with lack or envy, then reality reflects this mindset as we manifest chaos around us. The law of inertia will keep these thoughts building upon each other unless a shift occurs. Becoming aware of the thought patterns in the conscious mind and creating necessary shifts is a meaningful task every student continues to practice.  

Autumn is a time to reassess the conscious mind. What are your thoughts creating? Knowing the law of inertia, take a moment to set your intentions for the months ahead.  In these challenging times, can you perceive your environment to be loving, to be abundant?  Can you perceive a life that is successful and full of enjoyment? Do you envision yourself with fulfilling employment, enjoying the love of a partner, or traveling to new lands? Whatever your conscious mind continues to focus upon will create a new reality for you.

God is eternally bringing forth all the things that not only are needed today, but which will be needed in the farthest future of which we can conceive. If you are unable to conceive a future full of your true desires, then how will it ever come true? If you see yourself as poor, wealth may never come. If you believe you are unlovable, love will be closed off to you. Set clear intentions today so the conscious mind knows what to attract. Be courageous enough to release the doubts, fears, and judgments within yourself. Know that you are as creative as the Light Almighty, and that your best life can be realized - and it can start with simple timely reflection.

Happy Autumn,

Francisco & Christopher